Vernon Named a 2011 Texas Main Street Cities

Its official, Vernon has been named one of the 2011 Texas Main Street Cities. It is one of only two cities selected in the state.

Newschannel six  found out plans to revitalize the downtown area are already underway.

Misty Tyra is a banker turned entrepreneur. Eight weeks ago she reopened former Sims Steakhouse and launched Three Hearts Steakhouse. She's says she's excited to know her business is helping stimulate Vernon's downtown economy.

"For Vernon as a whole I think its extremely important. I'm from a much smaller town of 1700 people and every shop in that town is open downtown and that's what I'm used to and that's what I hope for Vernon," said Misty Tyra, Owner of Three Hearts Steakhouse.

Tyra says long before her career change she was hoping Vernon would be elected as a main street city-- she explained the importance of keeping up with the downtown area.

"It has to be maintained it speaks for Vernon as a community itself," said Tyra.

Vernon will join more than 84 cities that represent the real places of Texas. All who are participating in the downtown revitalization program sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Through grants and community funding they will be able to make the changes their goal is to have little effect on the tax payers of Vernon.

"We're hoping that it will help our economy here throughout the town not just the downtown," Mitch Grant, Vernon City Manager.

But there are people in the community that have their doubts. According to the Mayor Jeff Beardman  many have asked 'Is this going to work  and how will it work?'

"I think that if we believe that getting Main Street Program is going to solve all of our problems we're going to be in for a disappointment. I believe that getting the Main Street designation is probably where our work begins as a community," said Jeff Beardman, Vernon Mayor.

An advisory board along with a main street city coordinator are still in the process of being selected.

Next Wednesday the city manager along with the mayor will be in El Paso representing Vernon where they'll be recognized by the Texas Historical Commission as a Main Street City.

Samantha Jordán, Newschannel Six